FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday September 26, 2016
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Governor Brown Vetoes Critical Wildfire Safety Bill
SB 1463 would have better safeguarded Laguna Beach and other fire-risk communities in Orange County and the rest of California
(Costa Mesa, CA) – On Saturday, September 24, Governor Brown vetoed Senate Bill 1463, which would have given local governments more say in fire-prevention efforts through the current Public Utilities Commission current proceeding making maps of fire hazard areas around utility lines. Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) authored SB 1463 at the request of Senate District 37 city, Laguna Beach, which has experienced four fires sparked by utility lines in the last ten years. SB 1463 passed the Legislature with votes of 75-0 on the Assembly Floor and 39-0 on the Senate Floor. Today, Senator Moorlach released the following statement in response to Governor Brown vetoing SB 1463:
“One of the paramount responsibilities of government is to provide for public safety. The consequences of wildfires include loss of life, property damage, impacts on ecosystems, etc. Communities in my district, particularly Laguna Beach, are rightfully very concerned about fire safety.
“SB 1463 would have not only safeguarded Laguna and other high fire-risk communities in Orange County, but would have helped other vulnerable communities throughout the state that are often threatened by wildfires caused by sparks from shorted or fallen utility lines. The Governor’s veto impedes the necessity to more urgently address the California Public Utilities Commission’s focus on identifying high risk areas that should be prioritized for appropriate mitigation measures.”
About Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa):
State Senator John Moorlach represents the 37th District of California, is a trained Certified Financial Planner and is the only CPA in the California State Senate. He gained national attention 20 years ago when he was appointed Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector and helped the County recover from its bankruptcy filing – at the time the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. History.